China jails Tibetan monk for 11 years in immolation case

By REUTERS
August 29, 2011 12:40

BEIJING - A court in southwest China sentenced a Tibetan monk to 11 years in jail for "intentional homicide" for hiding a fellow monk and preventing him from getting treatment after he set himself on fire, state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.

Overseas rights groups say that the monk, named Rigzin Phuntsog, committed the act in March to protest against government controls on the restive region of Tibet.

His death triggered protests in Aba, a mainly ethnic Tibetan part of Sichuan province that erupted in defiance against Chinese control three years ago.

The court in Aba said monk Drongdru "was given the sentence because he hid the injured monk and prevented emergency treatment, causing the 16-year-old's death due to belated treatment", Xinhua cited the court as saying.

"Phuntsog, a disciple and nephew of Drongdru, set himself on fire on March 16 and was hidden for 11 hours. He died the next morning after treatments failed at a local hospital," the report added.


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